Limewatch: A vote of confidence by Christchurch City Council

At their 28 February meeting, Christchurch City Councillors voted in favour of staff recommendations to:

  • issue a 12 month permit for Lime Technology (Lime’s initial trial permit was due to expire on the day of this meeting)
  • increase the cap on Lime e-scooters from 700 to 1,000
  • charge an annual rental fee of $86.25 per e-scooter – reflecting the public space occupied

Councillors also approved a citywide cap of 1,600 e-scooters, and delegated to staff the authority to amend the citywide cap, and also the cap that may be applied to an individual permit.

Lime scooters in Papanui

Papanui Councillor Mike Davidson proposed a lower cap for Lime of half the citywide cap. He argued that competition could be stifled by allowing first-mover Lime too much market share, but this amendment was not carried. Continue reading “Limewatch: A vote of confidence by Christchurch City Council”

Opinion: urban design in the Papanui area

sbtp-profile-pic-thumbnail-512.jpgThe Council Service Centre in Papanui now provides postal services, following NZ Post’s closure of their branch on Main North Road. Last year the Langdons Quarter expansion at Northlands opened, along with new office and retail developments further up Langdons Road. Feedback on these changes has been overwhelmingly positive on Think Papanui, but an unintended consequence is the impact on pedestrian and vehicle movements at the busy Restell St / Langdons Rd / Sisson Dr intersection – an area with narrow footpaths, limited sightlines, and adjacent school, mall, and other commercial activity. Crossing the road at this intersection can be dicey for pedestrians, and of course the risk increases for children or those with limited sight or mobility.

An increase in pedestrian and vehicle movements raises another issue – is this just a space to pass through, or does it need to accommodate other needs? As a mixing space between all the different activities in the area, if there was a pedestrian-friendly open space this could be Papanui’s ‘town square’. Unfortunately there is no such open space, and in recent years the experience of some users hasn’t always been positive. Continue reading “Opinion: urban design in the Papanui area”

Think Papanui extends reach to Instagram

The Think Papanui community engagement initiative, founded and curated by Simon Britten, recently added an Instagram account to the ways that the public can access local information relevant to the Papanui area in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The presence on Instagram supplements other platforms for Think Papanui, which include a Facebook pagewebsite, weekly email newsletter and occasional YouTube video.

Think Papanui can be found on Instagram at

Think Papanui is an independent initiative promoting community engagement with local government, focusing on the Papanui Ward in Christchurch. It is volunteer-run, and not affiliated with the Christchurch City Council, the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board, or any other party.

Simon’s 10 July column in the Nor’West News

Today’s Nor’West News includes a column written by Simon on the importance of responding to Council consultations.

The digital edition of the paper can be found at

Simon Britten works for a Papanui-based youth and community development organisation and is the founder and curator of the Think Papanui community engagement initiative. He writes about community consultation in the suburb.

Continue reading “Simon’s 10 July column in the Nor’West News”

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